curb appeal and staging

Do Curb Appeal and Staging Really Matter

You’re heard it before: first impressions matter. Curb appeal and staging really are necessary to attract the attention of buyers. As a real estate agent for over 30 years I have had the good, and sometimes bad, opportunity to watch people’s reactions when they see, for the first time, a house they might consider buying. [more]

Cliff House Valentine's Dinner

Cliff House Valentine’s Dinner

Venus aligns with mars, a full moon, a comet, and a lunar eclipse at the 2017 Cliff House Valentine’s Dinner I am sure most people have heard the book title, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” by John Gray. Well, every now and then the planets align in a very good way and [more]

What is my house worth

What is My House Worth?

Whenever I meet with someone about selling their home, the first thing they ask is, What is my house worth? In other words, they want to know how they should price it. If you are wondering, “What is my house worth?” you really want to know what the going rate is. I call this “determining [more]

Pricing a house

Pricing a Home so There’s Room for Negotiation

A common misconception I often encounter in real estate is that sellers believe they should be pricing a home so there’s room for negotiation. They also tend to perceive their home to be worth more than others think it’s worth. There’s a technical term for this. It’s called The Endowment Effect. It is rare that [more]

Underhill Country Store in summer

Changes at Underhill Country Store

As a resident and real estate agent in Underhill, Vermont, I am pleased to share the news about the future of the Underhill Country Store, where I had an office for 11 years. I was located on the second floor, which was very handy when I was hungry or needed a coffee fix. Or a [more]

Lea Van Winkle - Change is Good

Change is Good

They say that change is good. It can also be challenging and unexpected. Recently, it’s been all three for me. You might have noticed a few subtle changes about my real estate business. Or maybe you’ve noticed some very significant ones. For instance, my license has moved from Underhill to Stowe and my signature field [more]


12 Common Decorating Mistakes

As a real estate agent in Vermont for over 25 years, I have sold a wide range of homes, from basic ranches to restored farmhouses to contemporary estates. Whenever homeowners prepare to sell their homes, a lot of cleaning and organizing transpires. So does a lot of home decorating, and some of that home decorating [more]

Pleasant Valley Real Estate 2014 real estate report

2014 Northwestern Vermont Real Estate Market Report

With the end-of-year holiday season a mere memory, it seems like a good time to reflect on the 2014 Northwestern Vermont Real Estate Market Report for Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties, and the areas that Pleasant Valley Real Estate serves most: Underhill, Cambridge, and Jericho, Vermont. This information is gleaned from the Northwestern Vermont [more]

Vermont Winter

6 Tips for Selling Your Vermont Home in Winter

Although it is early January 2015, the real estate market is surprisingly active in Vermont. Sellers are eager to sell and buyers are ready to buy. It’s probably the busiest January I’ve seen in my 25 years as a Realtor and broker in Underhill, Vermont. Many people are under the impression that winter is not [more]

Pleasant Valley Real Estate Top 5 Real Estate FAQAs

5 Real Estate FAQAs

FAQAs, is not a typo. FAQAs are Frequently Asked Questions Answered. I should probably file for a copyright on that acronym. But anyway, here are 5 real estate FAQAs my clients at Pleasant Valley Real Estate want to know when purchasing a house. Following the questions are my answers. 1. What is a Pre-Approval Letter? [more]